Stress is the body’s natural defense against predators and danger. It triggers the body to release hormones to evade or confront danger. This is known as the “fight-or-flight” mechanism. The body produces larger quantities of the chemicals cortisol, adrenaline, and noradrenaline. These trigger an increased heart rate, heightened muscle preparedness and alertness. All these factors improve the ability to respond to a hazardous or challenging situation.
However, if this mechanism is triggered too easily, or when there are too many stressors at one time, it can undermine a person’s mental and physical health. The person can feel overloaded and unable to cope with demands.
These demands can be financial, work- related, relationship –related or anything that poses a real or perceived challenge to a person’s well-being can cause stress.
My work with people suffering from stress is unique to each individual. It involves looking at the stressors and developing skills to reduce the effects. Our goal is to find ways to live a more balanced life.